Embattled former Thinx CEO gets book deal months after settling sexual harassment complaint
Former Thinx CEO and founder Mika Agrawal has just secured a new book deal, not long after she settled a sexual harassment complaint in May.
This second book for Agrawal (her first came out in 2013) will be entitled Disrupt-Her and will focus on how women in the workplace can “remove filters that are holding them back.”
The sexual assault complaint against Agrawal was filed ten days after she resigned as CEO of Thinx in March. The complaint was filed with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights and alleged that Agrawal had touched an employee’s breasts, was frequently nude in the office, discussed her sex life with employees, and FaceTimed into meetings from the toilet.
Though the complaint was settled, the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Thinx, the period underwear company which was heavily branded for feminists with an inclusive, widespread “people with periods” marketing campaign, came under fire earlier this year for a culture of intimidation under Agrawal’s leadership.
Employees were reportedly dissatisfied with their low salaries with no room to negotiate, bad maternity leave policy, and a “pressure to always smile.”
Agrawal, too, has also been criticized for an interview she gave in which she said she “only started relating to be a feminist, literally, right when [she] started [her] company,” and that prior to Thinx, she thought of feminists as “angry, ranty” girls.
With all that said, we’re not sure if Agrawal should be instructing anyone on how to behave in the workplace via book — or any medium.